Tuesday, October 30, 2007

FARSCAPE Convention. Issue #21

Since I've returned from tour, I've spent the last couple of days and last week preparing for my Thursday departure to Burbank, CA to perform with Gigi Edgley. We'll be performing at the annual FARSCAPE convention which was the show she appeared in for a number of years. She'll be debuting her new album, "So It Seems...", for the fans and we'll be performing Friday night at the convention's cabaret event. I guess what happens is that that night each of the main actors have a 20-minute slot which is all theirs, and that's when we go on.

It's been a bit of a challenge figuring out how to translate these songs from what are essentially electronica-styled tunes to acoustic guitar and her voice (which is how we'll be playing them live this time). It helps a little bit though considering when I wrote the songs, that's how they were written before they had all the beeps and boops of production. Hopefully the audience will be able to appreciate the different interpretations, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it will be received.

Like I said in earlier posts, it is the first time an album has been released by another artist that I have produced. I'm not sure if other producers end up (if at all) emotionally connected to artist's albums they've worked on, but I definitely am with this one. I really hope it does well, and I'm just as excited for her release as I am for my own later in the month.

I'll include a video to give you an idea of what these conventions are like, but imagine a slightly scaled down version of Star-Trek fanaticism. From the stories Gigi has told me, emphasis on the word "slightly"! Needless to say, I'm taking my camera FOR SURE, and expect to come back with some good stories.

In other news, I had a really nice birthday (28) last Thursday, and took some time to reflect on one of the worst, and best years I've had in a long time. The first half of the year was not what you would call good times, but that quickly changed when I found myself in the path of some very fortunate opportunities, and I was lucky enough to have my good friends and new ones help me move into an exciting new point in my life. Not wanting to sound preachy, but if you are feeling like I was 12 months ago, it is true that things can turn around in ways that you cannot imagine at the time.

"Everyone is worthy of amazing things if we continue to believe we are."

If that's hard for you to digest (or if you think I'm full of shit), know I'm working on that one too...

Thanks for reading, and see you next week.

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